Liposuction, also called lipoplasty, is a surgical procedure that extracts fat from specific areas of the body to improve the contour and proportion of the treated areas. Common areas for treatment include the:
Inherited traits often prevent people from achieving their desired body shape. Even years of exercise may not yield significant or noticeable results in certain people. Liposuction is technically a “sculpting” method rather a weight-loss method. However, there are forms of liposuction that can be beneficial to moderately overweight individuals.
Dr. Hunsicker uses a newer form of ultrasonic liposuction called LipoSelection by VASER®. This technique has significantly reduced the bruising, pain, and downtime of traditional liposuction in Denver. LipoSelection is an outpatient surgery usually performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia. The length of the surgery can vary significantly depending on the unique nature of the individual as well as the area(s) treated. Dr. Hunsicker begins the procedure by making a tiny incision and then injecting a special saline solution to the area to be treated. A very thin ultrasound probe is then inserted into the incision to help break down and emulsify the fatty tissue. Finally, suction and massage is used to remove the emulsified tissue and sculpt the treated area.
After surgery you can expect some swelling and discomfort. The amount can vary depending on the area(s) treated and amount of tissue removed. You will have pain medication to help alleviate the discomfort. You will wear a surgical compression garment for 2-6 weeks after surgery, depending on the areas treated. In the first 24-48 hours you can expect to drain fluid from your incision sites. The amount of drainage can vary depending on the extent of your procedure. By leaving the incisions open to drain this fluid, your swelling will dissipate much sooner. You will also have some lifting and exercise restrictions for 3-6 weeks.
Liposuction surgery is not a treatment for obesity and is not a replacement for regular exercise and good eating habits. People with stubborn areas of fat and who exercise regularly are the best candidates for this procedure.
The cost of liposuction in Denver can vary widely. The price may vary based on the surgeon, the type of procedure performed, the location, and the facility. Schedule a consultation to learn more, and ask about financing plans if necessary.
Though liposuction is the most effective means of removing unwanted localized fat, some patients who have recently lost weight may also exhibit excess, sagging skin. In this case, liposuction alone will not yield the result they likely want. For excess skin, Dr. Hunsicker performs other body contouring procedures like a tummy tuck, thigh lift, body lift, and breast lift.